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Closed to Cloud(and maybe Zack) 
22nd-Mar-2007 09:44 pm
Characters: Miranda twinguns23and Cloud cutoffmystrings and if Zack wants to help, he's welcome to.     
Where: Miranda's apartment.
Rating:G/PG, I don't think it'd be right of me to scar Cloud too much.
Summary: Miranda offered to help Cloud study for his SOLDIER tests. He takes her up on it.

She had spent all day working on this. Her only day off was spent going through the review books the Academy let her keep. Thankfully, Reeve let her use the printers on floor 65 so she could get this done. She made some snacks in case his mind wandered because he was hungry. She hoped it wouldn't get weird, like that last person she offered to help. She threw on a blazer over her white tank top and buttoned it for good measure. 

The doorbell rang. Taking a deep breath, she turned on her heel and opened the door.
31st-Mar-2007 05:29 am (UTC)
As he filled his bowl with goodies, Miranda sat back, looking over her notes from her first semester at the Academy. They were still mostly legible. Maybe she'd type them out and send this to him later as a study guide.

He returned just as she set a notebook down on his end of the table. She tried to look as comfortable as possible so that he wouldn't lock up again.

"Good, you're back. I figured maybe notes will help so we'll start at the beginning of this book. The four rules of SOLDIER are these:
'React: Quick reaction time is crucial in battle, and the quicker reaction time, the tighter the scale; Respect: Respect your fellow SOLDIERs and they will respect you. In diplomatic missions, the politeness will help spread the wealth of Shin-Ra and Company; Protect: Protect those around you and everyone entrusted to your company; and Guard: In time of war or emergency, you will be the first to keep the peace'. OK, those are the four rules. Before we get any further, do you have any questions?"
1st-Apr-2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Shaking his head, Cloud muttered a quiet "no" and concentrated on remembering what Miranda was saying. if he could remember this now, he wouldn't have to completely humiliate himself if she quizzed him later.

"Actually...if I can ask...why is it so important to 'spread the wealth' of the company? Isn't ShinRa powerful enough already?" He semi-regretted the question, since it wasn't his business and it could have been taken as an insult. "I just mean...it shouldn't be a priority." He hoped she wouldn't be offended by that, since she was in such a powerful position and therefore she was probably very loyal to the company.

Cloud snacked on the food in the bowl in front of him and offered some to Miranda (since it was her food anyway). He felt sort of awkward being the only one eating. "That's my only question. It's stupid; you don't have to tell me."
1st-Apr-2007 04:50 am (UTC)
She declined the snack. Trail mix and potato chips really weren't what she usually ate.

"No. The only stupid question is the one left unasked," she chuckled. "Sorry, that was really corny. I apologize. You must realize first and foremost that ShinRa is an electric company. (At least, that's what they're still telling people.) As such, it is important to gain the most amount of money possible from its clients.(But not like there's any competition.) Any company wants to get as powerful as it can. Now stop looking like I'm going to shoot you. I checked my gun at the guard shack, like we'll supposed to."
1st-Apr-2007 04:58 am (UTC)
"You're...not going to shoot me?" Cloud already figured Miranda wouldn't shoot him; that would be beyond unconventional, and she probably had better things to do with her time. Still, after she said it, he realized he had been giving her every reason to think he was afraid of her. It seemed ridiculous, though he was anxious.

It was actually sort of funny. Cloud gave a muffled laugh, shoving a chip in his mouth and probably looking like he was choking instead of laughing. "Sorry," he said, once he finished chewing.

"You're right. So like you were saying...even though it's only an electric company, it still wants that much power? To the point where it needs to keep expanding?" He raised an eyebrow and asked skeptically, "We're not trying to take over the planet, right?"
1st-Apr-2007 05:12 am (UTC)
"Well, no, of course I'm not going to shoot you. It's just a job after all."

She took a chip, even though she didn't want one. Anything to make him feel more comfortable.

"Whether or not we are, I'm not told. I just do the missions they give me. I consider it a bit of a monopolistic tatic. If they're the only one there, they'll be the only one to make money. Does that make a bit more sense? I don't think you've taken the required business tactics course."

((I pulled the rules out of my butt. I don't know what half this stuff means.))
2nd-Apr-2007 02:35 am (UTC)
"I'm not really interested in business..." It was something he really couldn't imagine himself doing, just as he couldn't imagine himself being a Turk. He'd stop looking for promotions once he was a First-Class SOLDIER.

Which was another thing he was curious about. "What does it take to get to First-Class? My friend is almost there, and I'm just wondering how often he'll be around after that. I know First-Class SOLDIERs get sent out a lot." Uncomfortably, he shoved two more chips in his mouth.

"Sorry, I'm wasting your time with stupid questions. Just ask me to focus, and I will."

((OOC: Well then, your butt produces some good stuff for RPs. ^^ Uh, sorry if that sounds weird. >.<))
2nd-Apr-2007 03:04 am (UTC)
"Business Tactics is a required course. You have to understand how a business works," she said. She paused a minute, hoping that the pause would make him feel a little less intimidated.

"I'm not really that good at business either. Most of the time I fake it, but the higher up you go, the more you need to know how a business works.
All it takes to make it into SOLDIER is to be quick on the battlefield and quick in personal relations, and being well-read is one of those things that will help."

((I actually took a list from my work and tweaked it. A lot. I'm also a writer so it's not hard to wing it! ;p))
3rd-Apr-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
Making a mental checklist as Miranda spoke, Cloud made sure to remember each sentence after she said it. This wasn't as bad as he had imagined after all; it just took a while to get used to being in a room with someone so high above him in status.

"I'm okay on the battlefield...not that great, but I'm getting better." He had been spending more hours in the field than in his room lately in an attempt to balance out his study methods, and he was steadily improving. "I don't know if I'm well-read, and...I'm not too good with personal relations."

He tugged at his spiky bangs and stared at Miranda, concentrating as hard as he could manage. He knew it was impolite to stare at someone, but he didn't want her to think he was zoning out again. Another nagging question popped up in his mind. "Sorry to ask, but...why don't you teach classes or charge money for study sessions?"

((OOC: You're a writer? o___o Ohgeez, I'm so inadequate. >.<))
3rd-Apr-2007 04:16 am (UTC)
"I don't give study sessions...not after what happened in place of our SOLDIER study sessions. Plus, I really don't need THAT much income. I've just not been in the field lately, otherwise I'm never home. If you want, I could help you with personal relations, and maybe lend you a few books to help you become more well-read.

Now why are you staring at me?"

((Not a professional. I'm only writing fanfiction right now, working on ideas, but I'd like to be published in the future sometime.))
3rd-Apr-2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Cloud blinked, startled by the simple question. His first instinct was to look in some other direction, but then it would seem like he was guilty of something. He only wanted to appear attentive.

"I'm concentrating," he explained, then gave up and looked away anyway. He focused on the bowl in front of him instead. It wasn't very interesting, but he didn't want to make the situation awkward.

"Sorry. And I didn't mean to pry. You're making me curious, though. Something happened 'in place' of your study sessions?" He bit his lip. "You don't have to answer that. It's your personal business. Sorry." He bit down on three more chips at once, embarrassed at his nosiness.

((OOC: Do you have an account on fanfiction.net, or do you keep it somewhere else? CanIpleasereadit? ._.))
3rd-Apr-2007 04:42 am (UTC)
"No problems then!" she said smiling. "I thought maybe something was on my face."

She chuckled as Cloud tried to shove three chips in his mouth.

"It's no problem. I brought it up and now I have to tell you. The last study session I had, we ended up sleeping together. Remember that kid when the funny name?
Be careful eating all those chips; don't choke."

((I don't use that account anymore, but I have some FF themed stuff there: The Flower Girl.But I've graduated to adult fanfiction and I write for the Slayers fandom, if you're interested.)),/small>
4th-Apr-2007 03:55 am (UTC)
"You what?" Cloud very nearly did choke then, coughing and sputtering as his hand flew to cover his mouth. Once he recovered, he stared, stupefied, at Miranda.

He really shouldn't have been surprised; Miranda was a highly attractive woman, and it wasn't as if Cloud hadn't heard worse. Still, she had said it with such nonchalance that it caught him off-guard.

"Oh. I'm...sorry...I shouldn't have asked." With both of his eyebrows raised, he poked at the remaining chips in the bowl with a finger, not eating them just yet. "You...slept with him?" It was still Miranda's personal business, but she was already sharing, and Cloud was curious. "How did you wind up doing that, if you were only studying? I mean, we're studying now, but I'm not thinking about that while you're teaching me."

((OOC: Okay! I'll go look. Thank you for sharing. ^^))
4th-Apr-2007 04:27 am (UTC)
((I was going to finish this, with a pretty good backstory too. But I read the wiki article today and realized that my character is actually a guy. Thanks everybody for telling me this sooner! Since I've already done all the work for this lj, I'm keeping it, but changing the character back into what it's supposed to be. So I'm discontinuing this log because after tomorrow it will all be irrelevant. Sorry to do this to you like this.))
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